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Senior center's namesake loved working with elderly

Margaret L. Hunt, 90, founder and first executive director of the South Toledo senior center that is named after her, died of kidney failure Friday in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo.

Ms. Hunt became executive director of the Area Office on Aging's South Toledo Senior Center in 1981. The center, on Garden Lake Parkway, was renamed the Margaret L. Hunt Senior Center when she retired in January, 2001. At that time, it had about 2,000 members.

"She was very proud," her daughter, Nancy Wassmund, said.

Ms. Wassmund said her mother enjoyed spending time with the seniors, including playing cards and eating meals.

Ms. Hunt did a little bit of everything at the center, and especially enjoyed planning trips for the seniors and traveling with them, her daughter said.

She arranged day trips around Michigan and Ohio and longer trips all over the country. She took the seniors to many national parks and to a wide variety of concerts, including such acts as Willie Nelson, Lawrence Welk, and Wayne Newton, whom they saw in Las Vegas, her daughter said.

In 1997, she was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, recognized as an innovator of local senior programs and services.

"She loved that work, she really did," her daughter said.

Ms. Hunt began working part-time with the city's parks and recreation department in 1958 to improve city recreation programs and establish new ones.

Before that, she volunteered with Teen Town for 12 years. She and other South Toledo parents set up that program to give their children a place to go on weekends.

Ms. Hunt was born Sept. 14, 1914, in Somerset, Ky., to Rebecca and Marion White. The family moved to Toledo when she was 4 or 5, and she graduated from Libbey High School in 1932.

She married Daniel Hunt in 1934. He died in 1986.

She enjoyed needlepoint and was a fan of Ohio State University's football team.

Surviving are her daughters, Nancy Wassmund and Margaret Crook; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

There is no visitation. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Providence Lutheran Church in Holland, Ohio. The family suggests tributes to the Margaret L. Hunt Senior Center.

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